A Place ‘Where Friends Meet’

City Pharmacy brings the delight of fine dining to downtown Covington through the distinctive vision of owner Tedo Stone.

by Kari Apted

You may initially find City Pharmacy’s name perplexing, but the restaurant’s fare proves solidly coherent. Longtime residents of Newton County remember that the building originally housed a drug store and lunch counter under the same name. It became known as the place “where friends meet”—a tagline owner Tedo Stone still uses today.

The City Pharmacy building at the corner of Church and Floyd streets in downtown Covington has been owned by the Stone family for decades and has housed several different businesses. Expertly renovated, it now brings the delight of fine dining to The Square. Whitewashed brick, tin ceiling tiles, exposed ductwork and the original black-and-white tile floor contribute to the welcoming, urban-farmhouse vibe. 

Patrons can settle in at a table or belly up to the bar, where a friendly bartender will fill your glass with a seasonal signature cocktail; or try one of the classics from the drink menu, perhaps the vodka gimlet sparked with lemongrass oil. A wide selection of wine and beer is also available. During Snack Hour, dive into a generous bowl of peel-and-eat shrimp or indulge in fresh oysters on the half shell. The Early Bird Charcuterie Board is a gorgeously displayed collection of meats, cheeses, Doux South pickles and honeycomb served with crispy flatbread.

If you opt for the CP Happy Burger, be sure to request extra napkins to help contain the melty goodness. Two Wagyu beef patties are layered with caramelized onions, American cheese, house ketchup and mustard. As the menu transitions from Snack Hour to dinner service, ask for the chef’s Wagyu burger topped with crispy bacon and Maytag blue cheese. Go full-south at dinner with the Pecan Fried Chicken, featuring pecan-crusted chicken breasts served atop a cream cheese potato puree, or try the House Smoked Pork Tenderloin with a bourbon-cherry glaze and vanilla sweet potato puree. 

Visit frequently to enjoy creative daily specials. These beautifully presented plates are expertly prepared and often feature fresh seafood such as black grouper, moonfish or mussels. City Pharmacy is an ideal place to try unique ingredients—such as bison or duck confit—not likely to be found on any other Covington menu. 

City Pharmacy is located at 1105 Church Street. For more information, visit CityPharmacyCov.com or call 470-441-5092.

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